Special educational needs and disability pathfinder programme evaluation: summary of interim impact findings: research report

CRASTON Meera, et al
Great Britain. Department for Education
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This summary presents the interim findings from the ongoing impact evaluation of the SEND pathfinder programme, through which pathfinder families and a matched group of comparator families are being asked to provide their views on the support they have received. The report reflects the views of 328 pathfinder families who completed their education, health and care (EHC) plans between August 2013 and January 2014, and 1,000 comparison families that experienced the pre-pathfinder systems. The results from the interim analysis provide a range of positive findings, highlighting improvement around a good number of the process variables which are central to the reforms, such as being child / family centred and generating increased satisfaction with the overall process. More specifically, the pathfinder families reported statistically significant improvement in relation to: their views being taken into consideration in assessment and reviews; their suggestions being listened to during the process; the decisions made about their child's support reflecting the family's views; the straightforwardness of the process to obtain support; the effectiveness of information-sharing among professionals involved in their child's assessment; having at least one key worker working with their family; the length of the assessment and planning process; and overall satisfaction with the assessment and planning processes. (Edited publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
special educational needs, learning disabilities, learning disabilities services, evaluation, service development, surveys;
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research, government publication
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